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Allington Pippin apple

An interesting high quality English dual-purpose apple.  It can be used initially as a baking apple (it keeps its shape when cooked) but after a few months in store the flavour mellows to an intense fruit drop or pineapple flavour.

Allington Pippin was developed by in the 1870s by Thomas Laxton, a nurseryman from south Lincolnshire.  (He later moved to establish his main nursery in Bedfordshire).  It was originally known as South Lincoln Beauty. In 1894 it was taken on by George Bunyard, the owner of the Allington Nusery, which is now a suburb of Maidstone.  He renamed it Allington Pippin, after his own nursery.  Ironically there is also a village in Lincolnshire of the same name.

Last updated 24 Sep 2015.

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Current rating: 3.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 5

Visitor comments

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07 Oct 2018 
Have six of these trees found under several metres of brambles; the farm had been abandoned for decades,. One blew over in the wind. The others, very old and spindly from years starved of sunshine, have brightened up and produce very good quantities of the most delicious apples I have ever tasted.

27 Oct 2012 
Planted tree (M111 rootstock) four years ago and this year have had first apples. Good crop stays well on tree to end of Oct. Generally clean fruit of good size. Really interesting flavour once stored for few weeks - fresh aciditiy (not sour) with satisfying fruity notes after. Cooks well and is storing well so far

02 Nov 2009 
In a danish test made ca 1939 Allington pippin was the best apple for making applejuice. The second best was Filippa.

20 Oct 2009 
I have an old tree producing prolific fruit well into the Autumn. It has been neglected but the frit still has a good flavour. The aples are usually covered in a black (sooty) covering of unkown sources - no neareby bonfires of chimneys - which washes off with a brush in water.

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A versatile English apple, with a strong pineapple-like flavour, useful for both cooking and eating.

Allington Pippin phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin x King of the Pippins
  • Originates from: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1884
  • Developed by: Thomas Laxton
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1002
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-016


  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Pineapple
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
  • Vitamin C content: Medium


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible


  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Brown rot  Monilinia fructigena  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Also known as

  • Brown's South Lincoln Beauty

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Allington Pippin identification photos from official fruit collections

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Allington Pippin identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom
  • May  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 24th April  2011  - tree owned by Mary in , United Kingdom
  • 17th April  2011  - tree owned by Simon in Swanage, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • October  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom
  • October  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom

2011 season

    Where to buy trees

    The following fruit tree nurseries offer Allington Pippin apple trees for sale:

    • Keepers Nursery
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    • Trees of Antiquity, LLC
      United States  More >>

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